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GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — WikiLeaks leaked nearly 20,000 emails on Friday from top Democratic National Committee officials, exchanged from January 2015 through May 2016. Several emails released show that although the DNC was supposed to remain neutral during the primary, officials grew increasingly agitated with Bernie Sanders and his campaign, at some points even floating ideas about ways to undermine his candidacy.

The source of the leak has not been revealed, though Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager Robby Mook said on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believes the Russians were instrumental in it.

"Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Mook said Sunday. "It's troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

The fallout for the DNC, however, has been severe. Just one day before the Democratic National Convention was set to begin, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation, effective at the end of the week. And, as expected, Sanders supporters, hundreds of whom are delegates at this convention, are furious about the content of the emails.

Here are some of the most damaging finds from the leak:

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver an "A--" and a "Liar"

In May, the Democratic Nevada State Convention became rowdy and got out of hand in a fight over delegate allocation. When Weaver went on CNN and denied any claims violence had happened, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, once she was notified of the exchange, wrote "Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he never acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred."

In another instance, right before the Nevada Convention, Weaver publicly commented, "I think we should go to the [national] convention." The chairwoman was flagged about this comment and responded in an e-mail, "he is an a--."

Highlighting Sanders' Atheism


One email shows that a DNC official contemplated highlighting Sanders' likely atheism during the primaries as a possibility to undermine support with voters.

"It may make no difference but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief," Brad Marshall, CFO of the DNC wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. "He had skated on having a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist"

Building a Narrative Against Sanders


"Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess," DNC National Secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote in an email to National Communications Director Luis Miranda on May 21. After detailing ways in which the Sanders camp was disorganized, Paustenbach concludes, "it's not a DNC conspiracy it's because they never had their act together."

The idea was nixed though. "True," Miranda acknowledged in his response. "But the chair has been advised not to engage. So we'll have to leave it alone."

Lamentations That Sanders Is Not a 'True' Democrat


As the primary season wore on, the chairwoman appeared to grow exasperated with Sanders' desire to stay in the race, when the delegate math was against him, in one email even lamenting the fact that he was an independent in the Senate but ran as a Democrat in the primaries. In an April 24 email she received with an article describing the ways Sanders felt the DNC was undermining his campaign, she wrote back, "spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do."

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Alexander Tamargo/WireImage(PHILADELPHIA) -- The crowd booed Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she started addressing a delegation breakfast Monday morning in Philadelphia, the morning after she announced that she would resign as the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

An event organizer had to actively try and quiet the crowd’s boos before Wasserman Schultz began speaking.

She started by bringing up the deadly shooting in Fort Myers, Florida, but the boos continued before she eventually acknowledged her resignation.

“I can see there’s a little bit of interest in my being here, and I can appreciate that interest,” she said.

Later Monday, Wasserman Schultz is slated to gavel in the Democratic convention in Philadelphia even though her role has been dramatically reduced after WikiLeaks released emails last week that allegedly showed DNC staffers conspiring against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.

Wasserman Schultz said she spoke with both President Obama and Hillary Clinton on Sunday.

“I thank President Obama for the honor of serving as the chair of the Democratic National Committee and being able to watch his back and bring him across the finish line in 2012,” Wasserman Schultz said.

She added: “I also had the privilege of speaking to Hillary Clinton and she thanked me for my service. We had a wonderful conversation. She asked me and I committed to her that I would serve as a surrogate throughout this campaign."

While her role at the convention this week may be diminished, she made it clear that she does not intend to shy away from the campaign trail, saying that the public “will see me every day between now and the election."

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Donna Brazile maintained that Hillary Clinton’s victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the party’s primary was not a result of any political jockeying by committee aides.

“Hillary Clinton won fair and square. She won the most votes, the most delegates and of course the most states,” Brazile told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia, controversy hangs over the Wells Fargo Center. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to resign as Democratic National Committee chair at the end of the convention amid the release of internal committee emails by WikiLeaks that appear to show party officials strategizing ways to harm Sanders politically during the primaries.

Democratic National Committee communications director Luis Miranda tweeted that Brazile will serve as interim chair "through the election."

“Debbie has spent a lot of time and effort pulling together this convention,” Brazile said on GMA. "She deserves an opportunity, I think, to also close us out.”

According to party sources, Wasserman Schultz's role at the party's convention this week will be severely limited.

Brazile apologized for the email controversy but urged Democrats to unite. Sanders is scheduled to take the stage Monday night along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and first lady Michelle Obama.

“We need to come together,” Brazile said on GMA.

Editor's note: Brazile is an ABC News contributor.


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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- If you thought last week's Republican National Convention was wild, Philadelphia is ready to prove it can be topped.

Already a party chairman is on her way out, a heat wave has tempers boiling, and protesters who sat out a trip to the Midwest appear to have found reasons to hit Philly instead. Plus, Bernie Sanders is technically still a candidate for president.

Here are five storylines to watch this week at the Democratic National Convention:

1. SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA


It’s sweltering in Philadelphia, to say nothing of the hot air and hotter passions that will flourish inside the Wells Fargo Center. But one of the main missions of the DNC will be to project an optimistic tone for the new Clinton-Kaine ticket. Hillary Clinton wants to soften perceptions of her, with stories of her biography and references to the historical significance of her candidacy. She’ll also lean on an all-star array of speakers -- Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders -- and entertainment A-listers to make the case for her. Her challenge will be to turn government service and experience into a positive in this ultimate year of the outsider. Clinton wants to project an optimistic tone, in contrast to the dark portrait of the current state of affairs painted by the Trump convention.

2. YES HE KAINE

The man with the resume you can’t make up now has a chance to introduce himself to a party in need of new names. Tim Kaine brings his smile and his Spanish-language chops to the race, with Clinton making a vice-presidential pick designed to project both confidence and competence. Kaine needs to win over skeptical voices in the party’s progressive wing, including a smattering of delegates who say they want a different VP candidate entirely. Kaine, of course, will be on the ticket. But even a prime speaking slot Wednesday night won’t guarantee that he’ll shine among the constellation of Democratic stars. For all the jobs he’s held and policy fights he’s waged, the words he speaks en Español may be the most important he utters this week.

3. DEBBIE DOWNER

There’s nothing like starting a national convention with the party chair heading out the door. Wikileaks’ release of internal Democratic National Committee emails confirmed liberals’ worst suspicions about a DNC that some felt had its thumb on the scales for Clinton over Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s announced resignation will minimize the fallout. But the fact that it’s not taking effect until after the convention ends will mean she’ll continue to be a lightning rod for anger at the party establishment. Even brief appearances are all-but certain to be met by boos among convention delegates, ensuring a distracting storyline in the opening hours in Philadelphia. Broader issues the emails raise about a dysfunctional party and its cheerleading for Clinton will last beyond convention week. And the Clinton campaign is blaming the Russians for the leak, implicating that Vladimir Putin is trying to help Donald Trump.

4. BERN’S EMBERS

Sanders is making good on his promise to keep his fight going all the way through Philadelphia. His to-the-end campaign earned him a Monday night speech -- the same night Elizabeth Warren is speaking -- as well as the right to insist on a state-by-state roll-call vote for Clinton to clinch the nomination. Then there are Sanders’ supporters -- thousands of them both inside and outside the convention hall, not all of whom are taking orders from Sanders himself. Sanders’ words and actions will be closely scrutinized, and the Clinton campaign knows that it can only hold together the Democratic coalition with the full-throated support of progressives.

5. TRUMPING TRUMP

Remember that guy? The one who just had his own convention last week? Democrats do, and one theme of the Democratic convention will be to portray their vision of how the world might look under a President Donald J. Trump. Expect lots of one-liners about hair and huge walls. Also expect somber depictions of Trump’s America, with a diverse lineup of speakers set to voice individual concerns. Whatever you do, don’t expect Trump himself to be silent: He’ll be campaigning throughout the week, and also has Twitter ready to go.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has climbed six percentage points after his party's convention last week, garnering his highest support against Hillary Clinton since last September.

Trump earns 48 percent support vs. 45 percent support for Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, within a new CNN poll's margin of error. Another poll from CBS News out Monday morning showed the two candidates tied at 42 percent.

Still, the CNN poll shows Clinton's lead evaporating. Just one week ago, Clinton led by a 49-42 percent margin.

One in four Sanders voters still aren't voting for Clinton. Half of those defecting say they plan to vote for Trump and half say they plan to vote for neither. About the same number of non-Trump GOP primary supporters say they aren't backing Trump.

The poll, taken entirely after the GOP convention, was taken July 22-24 and has a margin of error of /- 3.5 percentage points.

Trump's boost comes as he asserts a commanding lead among white voters without a college degree, climbing to 62 percent -- up 11 points from last week.

Meanwhile, more than two in three voters say they don't think Clinton is honest and trustworthy, a new high in CNN/ORC polling.

But Trump's personal attributes have improved slightly. The number of Americans who say they would be proud to have him be president is up seven points to 39 percent and now 46 percent of Americans say he's in touch with their problems in daily life.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland last week, and aside from a few awkward moments, it ran fairly smoothly.

It doesn't look like the Democratic convention will be as lucky.

Fireworks started even before the convention was gaveled in, amping up the stakes for this week.

Here are the five biggest stories to keep an eye on as the Democratic National Convention starts Monday:

Drama Within the Democratic National Committee

The lead-up to the convention was not without its own share of drama.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday afternoon that she will be resigning as chair of the Democratic National Committee immediately following the convention.

This downgrade in her planned role comes after the leak of internal Democratic National Committee emails, in which staffers were reportedly brainstorming ways to work against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Even a brief appearance by Wasserman Schultz, though, is likely to be met with widespread jeering among Sanders delegates, party officials acknowledge.

While the plan to have Wasserman Schultz open and close the proceedings remains in place, she also claimed in her announcement that she will still address the convention.

Sanders Speaks

The Democratic convention is going to start off with a spark as Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to make his address Monday evening.

He was Clinton’s strongest competitor during the primary and only formally endorsed her on July 12, a month after it became clear that she had clinched the number of delegates necessary to secure the party’s nomination.

There is still a strong contingent of Sanders supporters who are upset with how the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's team handled the primary, meaning that there could be some action on the floor during his speech.

Likely Floor Vote on the Party Rules

One of the biggest orders of business Monday is supposed to be the convention's acceptance of the party rules that were settled over the weekend.

The Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee passed a resolution Saturday establishing a “unity reform commission.”

The resolution, presented to the full committee as a compromise from the Sanders and Clinton campaigns, would establish a commission next year to review the election and the role of super delegates and caucuses.

The commission will be made up of nine Clinton appointees, seven Sanders appointees and three DNC appointees. They've been tasked with making recommendations to ensure caucuses are “protected,” “less burdensome” and “more transparent.”

Leading Women

Hillary Clinton may be the woman making history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party, but there are two other women who will be center stage Monday night.

The first is first lady Michelle Obama, who is one of the headliners of the first night of the convention, and the second is Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren has campaigned with Clinton since it became clear that she secured enough delegates to clinch the nomination, and Warren was also believed to be among the final contenders to become Clinton’s pick for vice president.

Between Warren and Sanders, some see Monday as the “progressive” day of the convention, since they are both viewed as two of the most outspoken advocates for left-leaning policies.

The Republicans Plan Their Opposition Strategy

While their convention may have wrapped up in Cleveland, the Republicans are now setting their sights on Philadelphia.

All told, they’re expecting to spend more than $350,000 on their efforts at the DNC, a senior Republican National Committee official told ABC News.

The RNC is sending about 36 staffers and about the same number of volunteers to get their message out against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia this coming week.

"I think it's important for the RNC to be in Philadelphia ... so that we can have a rapid response set up," national spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told ABC.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- A former top Trump political adviser being sued by Trump for $10 million over allegations that he broke a confidentiality agreement by leaking confidential campaign information to the press says he’s “insulted” that Trump isn’t suing him for more.

“If you write $10 million, Mr. Trump, it’s got to be $100 million, 150,” ex-staffer Sam Nunberg told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in jest during an interview on Powerhouse Politics at the GOP convention, adding that it doesn’t make him “look that good” if “I can only cause $10 million in damages.”

Trump is seeking the damages in an arbitration proceeding in New York, according to Nunberg's affidavit, for backing Ted Cruz and over claims that he was the source of a leaked story to the New York Post about former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

While Nunberg may talk jokingly about the lawsuit, the dejected former staffer said he hopes the “mishigas” will be resolved “amicably” before the election and lamented the circumstances under which he says he was fired from the Trump campaign last year.

Ultimately, Nunberg said Trump was faced with a decision of whether to stand by Lewandowski or him.

“The campaign manager and I couldn’t get along, and it was his decision that the campaign manager was more important,” said Nunberg, who was fired in August over racially charged Facebook posts he had written several years prior.

But Trump didn’t bring legal action against Nunberg until earlier this summer, many months after his firing from the campaign. So why now?

“This is just Mr. Trump being Mr. Trump,” Nunberg said. “If I had to guess, very insulted I endorsed Ted Cruz during the primary, very insulted.”

But Nunberg pointed to another possible explanation, again involving Lewandowski.

He believes Lewandowski was angered after Nunberg was quoted in Politico saying, “Donald loves to fire people. Why can’t he just say it to Corey?”

That quote came after a story about Lewandowski in the New York Post about an alleged argument between him and press secretary Hope Hicks. Neither Lewandowski nor Hicks has commented about the story.

Nunberg strongly denies leaking the story.

Beyond his own personal dejection over his firing and the subsequent lawsuit, Nunberg praised Trump as a candidate and said he plans to vote for him in November.

“I don’t think I was treated right, but I’m voting for him,” he said.

As one of Trump’s earliest political advisers brought on full-time to consult for Trump in 2014, Nunberg revealed the circumstantial advantages that he believes were ripe for Trump’s unlikely rise in this year’s election.

One major factor, Nunberg said, was that the Republican field was oversaturated with 17 candidates, allowing Trump to gain traction in the polls with what began as a modest level of support.

“We knew they were never going to take us seriously, we knew that,” he said of the other campaigns. “It was the weakness of them not to take us seriously.”

Describing Jeb Bush as “the perfect foil” for Trump’s candidacy, Nunberg went on to compare Trump to a human Rorschach test -- in which people see what they want to see.

“Barack Obama said, ‘I’m like a Rorschach test,’ so could Donald, and that’s what he did,” he said.

“Anybody that underestimates Donald Trump is always making a mistake,” he added.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton on Sunday said Republicans have created a “Hillary standard” that has contributed to the negative impression many people have of her, in her first joint interview with her newly announced running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine.

"I often feel like there's the Hillary standard and then there's the standard for everybody else," the presumptive Democratic nominee said in the interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes.

Clinton explained that there has been a "concerted effort" by Republicans to portray her in a negative light, and described the double standard she believes is set for her as “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality, which take on a life of their own."

Clinton also she will not respond to the repeated name-calling from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or make a name for him, the way he calls her "Crooked Hillary.”

"I don't call him anything, and I'm not going to engage in that kind of insult-fest that he seems to thrive on," Clinton said. "So whatever he says about me, he's perfectly free to use up his own air time and his own space.”

Kaine chimed in to say that while Clinton is letting the "water go off her back on this," that's not the way he feels.

"When I see this, you know, 'Crooked Hillary,' or I see the, 'Lock her up,' it's just ridiculous. It is ridiculous," he said. "I just, you know, it is beneath the character of the kind of dialogue we should have. Because we got real serious problems to solve. And look, most of us stopped the name-calling thing about fifth grade."

Throughout their first joint interview, the two running mates appeared relaxed and at ease -- praising and encouraging each other.

Kaine said he liked the idea of serving as a vice president with two presidents in the White House.

"I mean, it’s an embarrassment of riches," he said, referring to former President Bill Clinton as first man.

Hillary Clinton also touted Kaine’s musical skills.

“I just have to add that he plays a mean harmonica,” she told CBS’ Scott Pelley.

“Got to have a fallback in my line of work,” Kaine retorted.

Clinton announced that she had chosen Kaine as her vice president Friday night, and the pair attended their first joint appearance on Saturday afternoon in Miami.

Clinton and Kaine's interview comes a week after Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, sat down with 60 Minutes as well.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- A well-known activist and organizer in progressive circles, Norman Solomon with RootsAction.org, said Sunday he is plotting ways to protest the nomination of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's running mate this week at the Democratic Party's convention.

Solomon said the party should take note of polling that suggests high numbers of Bernie Sanders' supporters are still leery about backing Clinton.

"This fall-off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party with the selection of Tim Kaine," he said, citing Kaine's past votes on trade and banking.

In recent days, Clinton's vice presidential pick has said he would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite having backed the trade deal in the Senate, but Solomon and many other progressives remain skeptical.

Solomon has helped launch a new organization called the Bernie Delegates Network, which claims to have more than 1,250 delegate members and, despite its name, pledges to be working independently from the campaign.

The group has been conducting straw polls of Sanders' delegates, and plans to survey the bunch again in the next 24 hours about possible protests or even floor action to object to Kaine on the ticket. Solomon suggested actions such as staying seated or turning backs when Kaine takes the stage, but said his team was looking into procedural options to protest the Virginia senator in a more formal way as well.

"The onus for party unity was on Hillary Clinton, and it is a bit much to be told, 'You Bernie delegates better snap to it for party unity,'" Solomon added. He suggested a vote on the TPP on the convention floor as another possible olive branch to progressives.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- On the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign as Democratic National Committee chair at the end of the convention.

In a statement laying out the goals of this election cycle she wrote: "The best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."

Her announcement comes amid the release of internal DNC emails by Wikileaks that appear to show the inner workings of the Democratic Party and what seems to be party officials attempting to aid the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries.

Several of the emails released indicated that the officials, including Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, and his campaign as the primary season advanced, in one instance even floating bringing up Sanders' religion to try and minimize his support.

During the primary battle, Sanders and his supporters accused both the party and Wasserman Schultz of putting their thumb on the scale for Clinton and these emails may indicate support for those allegations. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down.

But as recently as Saturday, Wasserman Schultz campaigned with Clinton in Florida, speaking at Clinton's Miami event with her new running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, himself a former DNC chair.

In a statement on Sunday, Clinton called Wasserman Schultz a "longtime friend."

"I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year's historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week's events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership," Clinton said. "There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie."

She said Wasserman Schultz has agreed to serve as honorary chair of her campaign's "50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states."

President Obama also released a statement praising the departing chairwoman.

"For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back. This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful. Her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together not just for my re-election campaign, but for accomplishing the shared goals we have had for our country," he said.

Obama added: "We know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend."

Republican nominee Donald Trump responded with a tweet Sunday: "Today proves what I have always known, that @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Shultz"

Democratic National Committee communications director Luis Miranda tweeted that Donna Brazile will service as interim chair "through the election."

Brazile is an ABC News contributor.

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Monica Schipper/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime time address at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, two Bloomberg advisers tell ABC News.

Longtime Bloomberg adviser Stu Loeser tells ABC News the former New York City mayor will speak Wednesday in Philadelphia and endorse the former secretary of state.

Another senior adviser to Bloomberg Howard Wolfson said in a statement: "As the nation's leading independent and a pragmatic business leader Mike (Bloomberg) has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle. This week in Philadelphia he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton."

Loeser said the endorsement is a sign of Bloomberg's dismay with Republican nominee and fellow billionaire Donald Trump. While Bloomberg and Clinton are not particularly close, Bloomberg has made no secret he would like to see Trump lose the election.

The endorsement comes as a surprise. Bloomberg is a former Democrat, but was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2001 and later became Independent. Bloomberg was considering his own run for the presidency this cycle and has been critical of Trump during this campaign, but decided in March that mounting an independent run could help Trump's path to the White House. He has been especially critical of Trump's immigration and Muslim ban policies.

Wednesday is the same night President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to speak. Bloomberg served as New York City’s mayor for 12 years and endorsed Obama’s re-election in 2012.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Less than 24 hours after making his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine walked through the doors of the Richmond church he's been part of for more than 30 years to applause so loud it could be heard from outside.

It was his first time at church since Clinton announced that he was her vice presidential pick.

"You saw what a special community that is," said Kaine as he left mass Sunday with his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. "Anne found it in the summer of 1984 and we were married here in November of 1984. And this and our neighborhood are really the center of our lives here. We needed some prayers today and we got some prayers and we got support and it really feels good."

Parishioners of the diverse St. Elizabeth Catholic Church hugged Kaine and his wife. Sitting in the 10th row of pews, Kaine and his wife sang and clapped along to the choir. During communion, Kaine joined the choir and took the lead singing a solo. He sang the solo parts of a song called "Taste and See."

The choir director admitted to the parish that she'd asked Kaine to sing only hours before he'd arrived at the church. Kaine has been part of the men's chorus for years, though his time serving as a senator in Washington makes it tough to make practice.

"You can sing with us any time you want," she told Kaine.

The big news in Kaine's life, that he may end up the next vice president of the United States, was never mentioned directly, though a prayer subtly referencing the news was offered by the church goers.

"For all our public servants, especially we pray for Tim Kaine and Anne Holton. Let us pray to the Lord," said a parishioner during the prayers of the faithful.

The mostly African American church is where Kaine has baptized all his children. When it was time to shake hands and say "Peace Be With You" after the recitation of the "Our Father" prayer, Kaine worked his way through the entire church hugging and shaking people's hands. Holton stood at the end of mass and thanked the parish, saying they had been a part of every chapter of their lives and said, "We will really need your prayers."

She described what's happened as "quite an adventure" especially for their kids. She again asked for prayers for their Marine son, Nat, who will deploy to Europe this week.

"Tim and I found our way to this parish almost by accident," Holton said. "But the fact that this parish has meant so much to us the last 33 years is no accident."

She said that they would carry St. Elizabeth with them wherever they went so that the world would "benefit a little from the light of St. Elizabeth."

"We will all have a big party at the end, no matter what happens," Holton said, hinting at the campaign that is ahead of them.

Alvin Strother attends church w/ @timkaine. He & his wife made these "Clinton Kaine" pins & brought them to church. pic.twitter.com/gbepxgbxGn

— Jessica Hopper (@jesshop23) July 24, 2016

While Kaine prayed among those he has known for decades, there were new faces at the church, too. At least five people stood up to say they were inspired to come to the church after seeing Kaine speak Saturday at a Miami rally where he appeared with Clinton for the first time as her vice presidential pick. One of them was a woman whose son was deploying to Iraq in August. Another was a family originally from Zimbabwe.

As members of the church filed out after the mass wrapped, parishioner Alvin Strother came out wearing a Clinton-Kaine button. He said that his wife had made the buttons Saturday night to bring to mass. He'd personally given them to the senator and his wife. Strother has known Kaine since he began attending St. Elizabeth in the 1980s and described him as both a friend and mentor.

"Tim is a public person but he’s a personable person," Strother said. "I think that anybody that's lived in Richmond, whether he was mayor or senator, he's been the same person all the way through."

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was pushing for a “pro-Russian” platform and cited experts who say that Russian state actors were behind the recent leak of Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to help Trump win.

"Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Mook told ABC’s This Week on Sunday. "It's troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

Mook also suggested that the GOP nominee altered the Republican party platform to make it more attractive to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

"It was concerning last week that Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian," Mook said.

Mook’s comments come in response to questions about WikiLeaks’ release of Democratic National Committee emails that appear to show DNC officials strategizing how to draw support away from Bernie Sanders in his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Several of the emails released seem to indicate that the officials, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Sanders and his campaign as the primary season advanced.

Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort responded to Mook’s allegation of collusion between the campaign and Russia, calling it absurd.

“It’s pure obfuscation on the part of the Clinton campaign,” Manafort told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “What they don’t want to talk about is what’s in those emails. And what’s in those emails shows that it was a clearly rigged system and that Bernie Sanders never had a chance.”

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump campaign chairman and chief strategist Paul Manafort fired back at President Obama after he said the New York billionaire's comments about Islam are "ultimately helping do ISIL's work."

"He should be ashamed of what's going on in the world," Manafort said of the president. "The world is an unsafe place because of his failed leadership."

Manafort also defended Trump's comments about NATO. Last week in an interview, Trump suggested the United States should withhold military support for NATO countries that do not meet the military spending requirements if they were invaded by Russia.

"He was talking about the members of NATO have a shared responsibility," Manafort told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, saying the comment "wasn’t a mistake... Mr. Trump is saying it's a two-way obligation everyone needs to carry their own weight."

The comments were met by widespread outcry, including from prominent Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Some, like conservative writer Bill Kristol, even suggested that there may be ties between the Trump campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Manafort called the charge "absurd... There's no basis to it."

In the days after the Republican convention, Trump has also been under fire for the tone of his big speech there that painted a picture of an America gripped by violent crime, terrorism, and international chaos. But Manafort defended his candidate and argued his message is ultimately one of hope.

"It was actually a very optimistic speech... All too often in the past Washington and special interests and Hillary Clinton as part of that establishment have tried to say, 'Oh, well things are going to get better -- just trust us,'" Manafort said. "After 25 years, the American people have said enough ... and he talked about his solutions."

Ahead of the Democratic National Convention this week, Manafort also tried to turn the tables and argue the Democrats are the divided party. Newly leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show staffers and leaders disparaging Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign during the primaries and apparently working against it.

Manafort was quick to pounce on them to try to draw a connection between Sanders' and Trump's campaigns.

"WikiLeaks clearly uncovered what Sanders has been saying and what Donald Trump has been saying, which is that once again the establishment and the special interests picked their candidate, Hillary Clinton," he said. "It was a clearly rigged system. Bernie Sanders never had a chance, and frankly I think you’re going to see some of that resentment boiling over this week in Philadelphia.”

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- While their convention may have wrapped up in Cleveland, the Republicans are now setting their sights on the Democratic National Convention.

All told, they’re expecting to spend more than $350,000 on their efforts at the DNC, a senior Republican National Committee official told ABC News.

The RNC is sending about 36 staffers and about the same number of volunteers to get their message out against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia this coming week.

"I think it's important for the RNC to be in Philadelphia ... so that we can have a rapid response set up," national spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told ABC said.

Walters said that much like the Republican convention in Cleveland, which had different messaging themes per day, their opposition efforts will be categorized by different ways in which they believe Americans have had "enough."

In order, the four days of the DNC will be broken into messaging days focused around Clinton's economic policies, foreign policy, her vice presidential pick in Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, and the "lies and scandals" respectively.

"The message that we are going to be driving home this week is that America has had enough of the status quo," Walters said.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has several events scheduled in Philadelphia throughout the week, and they are also going to rely on the help of other high-profile surrogates to deliver their message.

Actress Stacey Dash, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will all be on hand, the senior RNC official said.

Two other surrogates who are slated to attend have specific areas of Clinton’s past that they will plan to attack: one is Benghazi survivor Mark Geist and the other is Gary Byrne, a former Secret Service agent who recently published a book blasting the Clintons.

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